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McEachern Downs Capitol Christian; Sweeps Rose Classic Super Jam

The McEachern (GA) Lady Indians won their ninth consecutive game with a 73-59 victory over Capitol Christian (MD) Saturday in the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn, NY. The victory came a day after McEachern downed the No.1 team in New York, Nazareth 83-79.

McEachern trailed 28-18 at the half before rallying for the win, outscoring Capitol Christian 55-31 in the second half. Taylor Gordon led the way scoring for the Lady Indians with 22 points adding 5 rebounds and 4 assist. Caliya Robinson followed up her triple-double against Nazareth with a near triple-double as she posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks and 3 assist. Te’a Cooper had 12 points, 4 steals, Jada Lewis 7 points, 3 assist while Aunesha Williams totaled 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals against Capitol Christian.

In the two classic games Taylor Gordon led the Lady Indians in scoring averaging 22 points. Te’a Gordon averaged 19 points and 4.5 steals while Caliya Robinson averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks. McEachern used its trademark pressure defense and shared the basketball on offense as well as they have this season against top competition in both wins.

“The team that plays together stays together,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said about her team’s play over the weekend.

The Lady Indians are ranked No.1 in Georgia and improved to 13-2 overall, 4-2 against non-Georgia competition with eight of their remaining nine regular season games against region foes. They are 8-0 against Georgia region 4-6A winning by a margin of 34.87 points-per-game, winning two games by 60-plus points. Their lone remaining out-of-state game will be next Saturday at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, GA when they face the Hoover (AL) Buccaneers.

McEachern Wins Opener In Rose Classic Super Jam

The No.1 girls hoops team from Georgia defeated the No.1 ranked girls hoops team from New York in the Rose Classic Super Jam at Nazareth High School in Brooklyn, NY Friday night. McEachern (GA) downed Nazareth (13-4) 83-79 behind a host of big efforts from their key players.

Te’a Cooper led the Lady Indians with 26 points, 6 assists and 5 steals while Taylor Gordon poured in 22 points dropping off 5 assist. The biggest effort of the night came from Caliya Robinson who posted a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks adding 4 steals. Aunesha Williams chipped in 8 points and 7 steals while Jada Lewis had 9 points and 7 steals.

McEachern (12-2 overall, 8-0 in Georgia Region 4-6A) improves to 3-2 against out-of-state opponents this season and have yet to lose to a Georgia team. McEachern suffered back-to-back losses to No.3 nationally Blackman (TN) and Marian Catholic (IL) in the Turkey Jam Classic in Tennessee in November. Their previous out-of-state wins came to Jacksonville-Ribault (FL) and Edgewater (FL) in December.

Next up is Captiol Christian (MD) (10-5) Saturday in the final of two games of their New York trip. This is the second consecutive season the Lady Indians, under head coach Phyllis Arthur, have played in the Rose Classic Super Jam. Hoover (AL) is the last out-of-state opponent remaining on the Lady Indian’s schedule. They will face off next Saturday at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, GA.

McEachern Falls To Nazareth In Opening Rose Classic Showing

The McEachern (GA) Lady Indians fell 64-55 to Nazareth (NY) in the opening round of the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn, New York. Sophomore Te’a Cooper led McEachern with 20 points, 6 assist and 6 steals while freshman Jada Lewis chipped in 14 points, 5 steals and 2 dimes. KlinTisha Martin added 13 points for McEachern

McEachern trailed by one point with under three minutes to play but were unable to power ahead for the victory after making “key mistakes” as head Coach Phyllis Arthur said.

The 2013 Rose Classic is underway in Brooklyn
The 2013 Rose Classic is underway in Brooklyn

“We have to hustle and we have to be intense and want it, if we want to be better, hustle will get you everywhere”, Arthur said while placing emphasis on hustle.

The foul line again caused problems for the Lady Indians as they shot 46% going 11-24 while Nazareth went 21-34 from the line for 62%.

“We have to make free throws… I don’t know of many teams in Georgia that can play with them, they are pretty good”, Arthur said about Nazareth.

McEachern will again be in action Saturday night against Bishop Ford at 9PM EST. Bishop Ford is the host school.


McEachern Girls Have New York State Of Mind

The McEachern Lady Indians will take their 10-7 overall record (7-2 in the region) on the road to New York to participate in the Rose Classic Super Jam at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn this weekend. The Lady Indians defeated Georgia region 4-6A foe Marietta 52-23 in the final game before leaving for New York and will take a five-game winning streak with them to Brooklyn. McEachern will be one of 29 teams competing in the four-day tournament/event.

2013 Rose Classic Super Jam
2013 Rose Classic Super Jam

This will be the second out-of-state tournament the Lady Indians will be participating this season. They went 0-2 in the Thanksgiving Turkey Jam in Memphis, Tennessee losing to Hall (Little Rock, AR) and Memphis Central (TN). The Lady Indians also lost to out-of-state opponent Blackman (TN) for an 0-3 record this season against out-of-state competition. Clearly with  10-7 record, the Lady Indians are far from their championship form of last season when they won Georgia’s Class 5A (highest class before reclassification this year) with a 33-0 record, a squad that has six players playing top-level Division-I college basketball in the SEC, ACC, Pac-12 and Big East as we know it as of today, and finished No.2 in the nationally in multiple national polls.

McEachern will play Nazareth (Brooklyn, NY) on Friday January 18th in the nightcap at 8pm EST and Bishop Ford (Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday January 19th again in the night cap at 9pm EST. Out-of-state scheduling in the heart of the region season, why?

“It’s important for us to play this level of competition to prepare us for postseason play [In Georgia] and in February [region tournaments and state tournament seeding on the line in Georgia], we want to play the best so there won’t be any questions at the end of the season”, head coach Phyllis Arthur said.

The Rose Classic Super Jam has been played since 2006 and is a female student-athlete only tournament which uses a 30-second shot clock for all games. Sophomore T’ea Cooper (North Carolina commit) lead McEachern in scoring from the point guard spot at 17.5 ppg and hands out 4.9 apg in the process, while Freshmen Jada Lewis is putting in 9.9 ppg.

“I’m so excited [about the use of a shot clock]”, Arthur stated. “Were going to work with the shot clock in practice the next two days and I can’t wait to play with it”.

The shot clock in high school basketball was shot down in May of last year by the National Federation of State High School Associations. We interviewed Arthur after last season after the verdict was announced and Arthur, a proponent of the shot clock, spoke openly about the shot clock being needed in high school basketball. You can see that interview here at the 7:30 mark on the shot clock topic.

New York, that’s a long flight and the furthest McEachern has taken a basketball team in its school history.

“This trip will give the ladies some memorable memories. We have six ladies on the team that have never flown before, so it’s going to be a trip to remember for a lifetime”, Arthur added with excitement.

The first time you step on a jet and it’s for basketball, you have to be excited because if you seek to continue at the collegiate and professional levels you are going to have to fly so getting those jitters out-of-the-way now is a positive.

Follow @tsportscoverage on Twitter for updates on the McEachern Lady Indians this weekend as they will be in a New York State of Mind  this weekend.